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Desert Commandos (1967)

Attentato ai tre grandi (original title)
PG | | Drama, War | 1976 (USA)
German commandos are dropped behind enemy lines in the Sahara Desert tasked with getting to Casablanca in an assassination attempt on allied leaders.


Umberto Lenzi


Umberto Lenzi (screenplay), Umberto Lenzi (story)




Complete credited cast:
Ken Clark ... Capt. Fritz Schöller
Horst Frank ... Lt. Roland Wolf
Jeanne Valérie ... Faddja Hassen
Carlo Hintermann Carlo Hintermann ... Sgt. Erich Huber
Howard Ross Howard Ross ... Willy Mainz
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Maj. Dalio
Hardy Reichelt Hardy Reichelt ... Cpl. Hans Ludwig
Fabienne Dali ... Simone
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Col. Ross
John Stacy ... Sir Bryan
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ... (as Ivan Scratuglia)
Gianni Rizzo ... Perrier


German commandos are dropped behind enemy lines in the Sahara Desert tasked with getting to Casablanca in an assassination attempt on allied leaders.

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Drags in Parts, But a Lot of Fun!
19 December 2014 | by Mercer99See all my reviews

"Desert Commandos" is the story of a group of five German commandos who are air-dropped into North Africa during WW2 in a desperate attempt to assassinate the Allied Supreme Commanders at a conference in Morocco.

I enjoyed this movie. It does drag in some parts, especially in the desert marching scenes, but it is nearly eclipsed by its on-location locales. Oases (plural of oasis), camel chases and various ancient fortifications that the Germans encounter along the way are simply gorgeous and definitely lend the film an air of authenticity. The ladies they encounter are easy on the eyes as well.

Great action sequences including a rooftop chase in Casablanca, the aforementioned camel chase scene and a final...well, don't want to get reported for spoilers, but the action sequences are well staged and exciting.

The ending seemed very tacked on, almost as if there was a more "downbeat" ending that was replaced for some reason. Regardless, I like the ending as it stands, but it was very abrupt and not in the style of the rest of the film. Regardless, this was a good attempt to introduce audiences to the feelings of the "other side" in WW2. BTW Horst Frank (who plays Wolf) looks almost exactly like Christoph Waltz. Really uncanny! This film is definitely worth a watch.

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1976 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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